Markus Gschwendt, 38, has two children: Aron 16 and Robin 14. He is a Viennese entrepreneur for IT-Consulting and he manages his kayaking-school "Runout Adventures".
His preferred sporting activities are mountaineering, climbing, ice-climbing, backcountry-skiing and kayaking. Markus is certified instructor and trainer for canoeing/kayaking as well as a guide for speleology.
Since 2002 he has mainly focused on high mountains. He successfully climbed many 5000m, 6000m and two 7000m peaks in self-organised groups or soloing, using simple logistics. In 2006 Markus was awarded the Kasparek-ice-axe from the “Bergsteigergruppe“ of the Austrian Alpine Club (ÖGV) for his various climbing achievements.
- 2002 Peru: Tocclaraju 6032m, Artesonraju 6025m, Quitaraju 6040m, Alpamayo 5947m,...
- 2004 Nepal: Pumo Ri 7145m, Ama Dablam 6856m
- 2005 Alaska: Denali (Mt. McKinley) 6193m
- 2005 Bolivia: Ancohuma 6427m, Huayna Potosi 6088m, Illimani 6458m, Pomerape 6282m, Parinacota 6342m, Sajama 6542m, several 5000+ summits
- 2006 Kyrgyzstan: Khan Tengri 7010m